Author: Natalie Hill

  • JIMMY TINGLE: Local comedian is no joke

    JIMMY TINGLE: Local comedian is no joke

    Jimmy Tingle, much beloved comedian, is a like a favorite son in Cambridge. He has enjoyed a large local and national following for several decades. In fact, he grew up and continues to live in Cambridge. He has long been interested in issues of social justice and is known for his humorous political commentary. Remember 60 […]

  • CONTORTIONIST'S NIGHTMARE:  Author Joe Putignano recounts his heart-breaking journey

    CONTORTIONIST'S NIGHTMARE: Author Joe Putignano recounts his heart-breaking journey

    PHOTO BY SCOTT MARRS Joe Putignano, a 38-year-old native of Brockton, Raynham and Bridgewater, is a former competitive gymnast who began the sport at the age of nine. He trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and later competed in the Junior Olympic National Championships at age 16. He performed in a long-running […]

  • OUT OF AFRICA: Local spearheads Pamoja Project film

    OUT OF AFRICA: Local spearheads Pamoja Project film

    Hopkinton native Audrey Emerson speaks with a confidence and determination that belies her young age. She also exudes an unbridled enthusiasm that’s both inspiring and reflective of her youth. Emerson attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick and is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in critical film studies. Yet she […]

  • RISE ABOVE: ArtLifting project empowers Boston's homeless

    RISE ABOVE: ArtLifting project empowers Boston's homeless

    Jeffrey Powers, an undeniably talented artist whose work has been shown in galleries on Newbury Street, was also homeless for nearly four years in Boston, living in shelters and on the street where he found places to keep as warm as possible during the frigid winter months. Powers is also a former Spare Change News […]

  • HEART STRINGS: Shelter Music Boston creates human connections

    HEART STRINGS: Shelter Music Boston creates human connections

    Julie Leven, classical violinist who holds degrees in English and Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory, has always felt an impulse to help the less fortunate and was influenced by her alma mater’s legacy of promoting social justice. Leven also loves music. These two passions came together for her in 2010 when she founded Shelter […]